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Dots Brush Set: Free Brushes

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If you liked the Dashes and Lines brushes we gave out a few weeks back, you’re going to love this new set. Although these eleven brushes are more on the decorative side, they’re definitely ones you’ll want to have in your library in case you need to make some dotted lines or half-tone patterns. Trust us, it will save you hours upon hours of manual work. You can also use these brushes to make patterns on banners or backdrops of your artwork. Download the new Dots Free Brush Set now and get creative!

Detailing with dots

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The brushes in this set aren’t just useful for making pretty backgrounds. They can really come in handy with creating some amazing detailing. It may not be obvious at first glance, but any details in your art involving rounded objects can be more efficiently created with these brushes.

Using a dots brush of your choice, lay down some spots on a new layer and lock the transparency. You can now use the transform tool to manipulate the object within that layer. Just click transform and play around with the flexibility until the dots are moulded perfectly into your work. You can achieve 3D looks and perfect symmetry in minutes instead of having to do it manually. Keeping the layer locked, you can continue on with your coloring. Add some shade on the outer edges and maybe some highlight, and it’ll be popping off the screen. Don’t forget to add shadows with a layer placed underneath and you’re good to go. Feel free to be messy with this as it will most likely be quite zoomed out upon viewing.

necklace dots drawing
You can make a single strand of dots using this method and just keep duplicating and using transform to make it fit into different areas like the necklace in this drawing. What looks like something that took hours could take you minutes to finish. Be creative!

Installing the brush sets

Being able to share and install these weekly free brush sets in the desktop app is one of the features for SketchBook subscribers. If you’re using the latest desktop version of SketchBook, simply double click on the .skbrushes file, and it will automatically install. Check out this article for all the details about brushes and legacy versions. If you haven’t tried the subscription, you can download a free trial and unlock Pro membership for 15 days (no credit card required).